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Completing Digital Technologies Curriculum With The BBC Micro:bit will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 2.6.2, 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

General Description

The Digital Technologies Curriculum is anchored in computational thinking, real world problem solving and design.  The ultimate tool that brings all of these concepts together is the BBC micro:bit, a programmable standalone computer that is smaller than a credit card and comes with sensors as well as connectivity. In this workshop you will learn the basics of programming the BBC micro:bit with both block code and Python and then apply these basics to several open ended projects. At the end you will go home with a semester’s worth (several hundred pages) of micro:bit project based curriculum that you can do with your students.


Secondary teachers of digital technologies or STEM in the years 7-10

Teaching Standards

2.6.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Information and Communication Technology (ICT):  Use effective teaching strategies to integrate ICT into learning and teaching programs to make selected content relevant and meaningful.

3.4.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Select and use resources:  Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1 - Introduction to this Course and the micro:bit

    • Course Overview

    • Curriculum Alignment

    • Digital Technologies Curriculum and the BBC micro:bit

    • Knowledge and Recommendations

    • Teaching Methodology and Course Resources

    • Microbit Course Booklet

  • 2

    Module 2 - Setting Up to Program with the micro:bit

    • How to Program the micro:bit from the Browser

    • How to Program micro:bit via installed Applications

  • 3

    Module 3 - MakeCode micro:bit Tutorials

    • First Programs on the micro:bit

    • Activity 1.1 - Hello... is it me you're looking for?

    • Building a Magic 8 Ball

    • Activity 1.2 - Build a Magic 8 Ball and Tinkering

    • Tinkering With the Magic 8 Ball

    • Reaction Time Program

    • Activity 1.3 - Reaction Time Program

    • Tinkering with the Reaction Time Program

    • Activity 1.3 - Tinkering with the Reaction Time Program

    • Button Masher Program

    • Activity 1.4 - Button Masher

    • Tinkering With The Button Masher Program

    • Activity 1.4 - Tinker with Button Masher

    • Reflection on the MakeCode tutorials

  • 4

    Module 4 - Python micro:bit Tutorials

    • Reaction Time Program with Python

    • Activity 2.3 - Reaction Time

    • Raining Bricks Program (Python)

    • Activity 2.5 - Raining Bricks

    • Tinkering With the Raining Bricks Program (Python)

    • Reflection on the Python Tutorials

  • 5

    Module 5: Collaborative Projects wit the BBC micro:bit

    • micro:bit and collaborative project based learning

    • Micro:bit Collaborative Project Rubric

    • A Guide for Developing Digital Solutions

    • Radio Dice Game (Python)

    • Radio Dice Game (MakeCode)

  • 6

    Module 6 - Thank You and Feedback

    • Conclusion

    • Course Reflection

    • Feedback

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